UK Men's Basketball

UK changes time for Madness ticket distribution

Tickets for Big Blue Madness will become available on Saturday, Oct. 3, beginning at 6 a.m., the University of Kentucky announced Wednesday.

That time is one hour earlier than the school had previously announced. The time was changed because that day's UK football home game against Alabama was selected for an early kickoff at 12:21 p.m.

UK also asked Wednesday that fans planning to wait in line outside Memorial Coliseum for the annual Big Blue Madness ticket distribution begin to do so no sooner than 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Big Blue Madness is UK's annual celebration of the opening of basketball practice for its men's and women's teams. The event takes place in Rupp Arena on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to Big Blue Madness, which are free, will be distributed online at and, as well as at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue.

There is a limit of two tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders will be limited to two tickets per household and include a service charge.

For those waiting in line, the UK athletics department will provide portable restroom facilities, but safety concerns will prohibit the use of wooden structures and propane tanks or other open flames used in cooking.